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Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
Box 100, 90 Loveys Street
Hickson ON  N0J 1L0
Phone: 519.462.2697
Fax: 519.462.2961
ezt@ezt.ca

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Posted 16 days ago.


Oxford County is upgrading one of the lagoon cells at the Tavistock Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Regular maintenance is needed to ensure the lagoon system is operating efficiently and protects the local ecosystem.

What we’ve done since our last update

In response to community feedback about odour, we paused construction in the spring to look for additional measures we could take to address this concern.

  • We temporarily returned Cell 1 to its normal operating capacity to manage odours to the degree possible. We used Bioxide (calcium nitrate) and hydrogen peroxide to more quickly restore the natural microbial biological action that is needed in the lagoon cell to most effectively break down sewage.
  • In July, we expanded our odour control system to include a new vapour pipeline system along the lagoon property line that blows a dry mist odour neutralizer through pipelines and into the air to bind with odourous materials. This expanded system is intended to provide a more effective and longer lasting odor neutralizer that can cover a wider area around the lagoon cells.
  • All sewage flows to the Tavistock WWTP are now being diverted into Cell 2. We have relocated surface aerators from Lagoon Cell 1 to Cell 2 to boost performance of this cell to prepare to restart construction on Cell 1. We’ve also set up an automated dosing system for Bioxide for Cell 2 to enhance its biological performance (and odour management capacity) during peak times.
  • We have left extra aeration time for sewage to break down in Lagoon Cell 1 before resuming construction.

Managing odour as we restart construction

Later this month, we will begin transferring treated sewage in Lagoon Cell 1 into Lagoon Cell 2. Once Cell 1 is emptied, active work can then begin to dry and remove the remaining biosolids over the latter part of the summer and early fall. The biosolids will need some time to naturally dry out and odours can be present when biosolids are first exposed to air.

In addition to the expanded vapour pipeline system, we are using chemical treatment enhancers to boost operational performance of the lagoon (Bioxide additions to Cell 2) to manage odour to the degree possible. We have also made preparations to apply thickening agents or other materials directly to the biosolids to help speed up the drying process as appropriate. We are also exploring other processes for removing biosolids that may allow a shorter drying time so that we can move them offsite sooner.

Moving forward

Oxford County is committed to the health and safety of residents and the environment. As we have explained, all operational practices during construction were reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks before undertaking these essential capital upgrades, which are required to ensure the lagoon’s continued safe and effective operation.

We thank the community for its patience as we continue our work at the Tavistock WWTP while working to address your concerns. For more information on this project:

Visit our project information page at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup

Contact:
Jesse Keith, P.Eng., Project Engineer
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3194
jkeith@oxfordcounty.ca

Alex Brown, C. Tech, Construction Coordinator
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3138
abrown@oxfordcounty.ca

(For map with Cell 1 Vapour System Location see attached PDF file)


Posted 3 days ago.

For more information, including details about how you can participate, please visit https://speakup.oxfordcounty.ca/connecting-communities


Posted 4 days ago.

The 2020 Final Tax Notices were mailed a few weeks ago.  If you have not received your bill, please contact our office. 

Instalment due dates for the Final Taxes are August 31st and October 30th

The Municipality will accept cash, cheque, or debit at the office during business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays). We are also set up with most major banks to accept payments using internet or telephone banking. You must use your Property Roll # indicated on your tax bill to register.

To set up your property taxes as a bill payment through your online banking, go to “add a bill”, search for “East Zorra-Tavistock” and select.  Enter the Roll Number from your tax bill as your account number. Use your 15-digit roll number, excluding the dashes. Example: If your roll number on your tax bill shows 010-010-00000-0000 then you would enter this as 01001000000. If an error occurs, please add the extra four zeros at the end and try again.

The Township also offers pre-authorized payment plans for the payment of property taxes. This is a free service and payment options include:

  • 4 instalments with payments withdrawn on the regular instalment due dates for the amounts indicated on your tax bill
  • 10 instalments with payments withdrawn from your account on the 15th day of the month from January to October. 
  • 12 instalments with payments being withdrawn from your account on the 15th day of the month January to December.

Please use this link to access the Township’s Pre-Authorized Payment Application form if you are interested in signing up for this service. 

If your taxes are paid by your mortgage company, your receipted tax bill will be mailed to you once the taxes have been paid.

If you have not received a bill, or you have questions about your taxes, please contact the office at 519-462-2697 or email taxes@ezt.ca.  Failure to receive a tax notice does not prevent penalty charges for late payment.


Posted 11 days ago.

Cycling Master Plan

Updated July 7, 2020
 

Oxford County is gearing up for the development of a county-wide Cycling Master Plan. The plan will build on work already taking place to promote commuting by bicycle, connect roadway cycling routes to off-road trail networks, and enhance tourism opportunities.

The core objectives of the Cycling Master Plan are to:

  • Better connect significant community areas and key destinations through municipal cycling and trail networks that also align with provincial cycling initiatives, such as the province-wide cycling network;
     
  • Plan for multi-modal connections between cycling and public transit, car pool lots, and passenger rail service, and identify commuter cycling routes to support travel by bike to and from work or other major trips; and,
     
  • Support education and promote tourism opportunities to create a stronger culture of cycling in Oxford County.

Have your say

We're looking for your input on cycling improvements, route ideas and design preferences. You can give your feedback by:

  • ONLINE SURVEY: Fill out the survey at https://oxfordcmp.metroquest.ca(External link) or click on the image below. The survey is open now until the end of day on Friday, August 28, 2020. It includes an online mapping tool that lets you comment on existing routes.

(External link)

  • EMAIL: Send your comments by email to Teresa Fediw, Project Engineer, Oxford County, tfediw@oxfordcounty.ca(External link)
     
  • MAIL: Send your written comments to Teresa Fediw, Project Engineer, Oxford County, 21 Reeve Street, P.O. Box 1614, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 7Y3
     
  • PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION: Stay tuned for details on a fall public information session. Please note we are expecting this to be an online event.
     

Due to COVID-19 public health restrictions on public gatherings, opportunities for involvement will be available online and by email or mail. If public health guidelines allow, in-person consultation sessions may be held at a later date.


Posted 16 days ago.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Tender 2020-08
Innerkip Pavillion Upgrades to Washroom Tender  
Company Price Before Tax
Bender Contracting $99,637.00
HCS $114,973.96
Jon Witzel $88,608.75
MCI $183,584.00
Mohr Construction $91,500.00
Neptun Security $94,800.00
S.G. Cunningham $124,536.60
To Code Mech $139,398.00

Posted 19 days ago.
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The Township Fire Chief has now lifted the Controlled Burn Ban for East Zorra-Tavistock.

Posted 20 days ago.
July 19th 4:16 pm - Emergency Road Closure
Intersection of 10th line and Oxford Road 17, due to a tree across the road and downed hydro lines. Please avoid this area

Posted 23 days ago.
Stage 3  -  Ontario's  Reopening Plan

As of Friday July 17th, the Province is moving most regions into Stage 3 of the reopening plan.  Our area will be part of the Stage 3 plan some and some of the changes will include the opening of playgrounds, indoor dining at restaurants and increased amounts for gatherings, both indoors and outdoors. To ensure protocols are in place for the public to use our playgrounds so that they can safely open under Stage 3, these facilities will remain closed until early next week.  When they are open to the public, please keep in mind that playgrounds are “use at your own risk” as they do not receive regular cleaning.  

Nearly all businesses and public spaces will be able to gradually reopen in Stage 3, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place, while some high-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations.

It is important to remember that the COVID-19 virus is still very much present in our community. We thankfully have not seen the high numbers of cases locally, due to the efforts of everyone in our community.  Thank you for staying home, social distancing and being vigilant about hand washing. 

In order to stay on this path, we encourage everyone to continue social distancing from those outside of your social bubble, and wearing a mask when social distancing is difficult, and of course continue to wash your hands or use sanitizer.  Please continue to follow public health advice and workplace safety guidelines to keep each other safe.

What is a social bubble/circle?
A social bubble is a single group of currently 10 people or less, who are able to come into close contact with one another without physical distancing or masks, but who continue to physically distance from all others outside of their bubble. Each person may only be a part of one bubble. Bubbles allow people to connect and be close with a select group of family and friends and allows for more rapid contact tracing in the event of a case of COVID-19 within a bubble. People over the age of 70 or those with medical concerns or a weak immune system, should consider being part of a smaller bubble in order to limit risk.

How do I properly wear a mask?
Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Make sure the mask fits snugly to cover the nose and mouth. Avoid touching the front of the mask while wearing it – if you do, clean your hands immediately. Wear it for as long as is comfortable, and replace it when it becomes soiled, damp, damaged or difficult to breathe through. Do not share your mask with others. Remove the mask carefully by grasping the straps only. Immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cloth masks can be machine washed with hot water and regular detergent. Disposable masks cannot be laundered.


Posted one month ago.

          

A Burn ban is now in effect for controlled burns due to extreme heat warnings and will continue for the durations of the warning. Campfires are permitted at this time.


Posted 2 months ago.

Oxford 5 Rd at Perth-Oxford Road to 18th Line, to County Road 8 will be closed for construction for two weeks starting on July 2nd until  July 15th.  Construction is to for culvert replacement installations.   Access to local traffic only. A detour route including signage will be in place throughout the road closure.


 

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